Your New Zealand birth certificate can be used as official ID for most things. It costs $26.50 to get a copy sent to you, or $39.80 for a pack with a standard and a decorative birth certificate.
Your New Zealand marriage or civil union certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $26.50 to get a copy sent to you.
You might need a death certificate if you're administering someone's estate or applying for a funeral grant from Work and Income or ACC.
You can use your NZ passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate, or get a confirmation of birth in New Zealand certificate.
Birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change records are a public register — anyone can generally request copies of someone's information. You can see who's accessed your records since 2009 or block access to them if your safety is at risk.
Identity theft is when someone uses your identity information to pretend to be you.
Get an official translation so you can use a New Zealand government document, like a birth certificate, overseas.
An authentication or apostille certification tells a foreign government or authority that a New Zealand document is official.
RealMe is the secure way to prove who you are online. You can use it in two ways: to prove who you are when you’re online, and to log into lots of NZ government sites and services.
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